Review: Beyond the Setting Sun by Sarah J. Dodd

A story full of love and the bond between mother and child.

A gentle way to help children understand death and grief.

This is undoubtedly a sad story, but it is filled with compassion and hope going forwards.

It is heart-breaking when little Ekundayo doesn’t understand that his mother has died, he thinks she will soon wake up. However, at his mother’s funeral he realises that this won’t happen and begins to cry. We see Ekundayo’s emotions of denial, sadness, disengagement, and anger through the story. With the support of his Aunt and his Poppa they help him to remember his Momma and the special song she used to sing when he was sad, which brings happiness and hope back for Ekundayo.

Extremely cute illustrations throughout, and a lovely section at the end with tips about how to discuss death and grief with children and further resources available.

Thank you Netgalley for the e-arc.

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